Huawei May Build U.S. Cellular's LTE Network
Do they even have enough spectrum?
By utilizing existing Spectrum as they migrate people from one to the other. Believe it or not every previous tech will die as carriers move to VOIP through LTE. It's just a matter of fine tuning the tech and making it as reliable as everything that is out there now.
I read U.S. Cellular has AWS spectrum actually. I wonder if they will deploy LTE services on that.
As for their 700mhz band licenses, it's mainly in existing markets. They did win licenses to cover far nothern California, SW & north central Oregon, central Washington state, parts of Illinois, Indiana, northern Wisconsin (...
In laymans terms, what does this mean for those of us in Chicago?
Unless they can split up some of their existing PCS spectrum for LTE, Chicago will become one of the last markets to go LTE. They already use their 20mhz of PCS spectrum for 1X & EVDO (probably 10mhz each). AT&T & Sprint hold most of the PCS spectrum for the Chicago market, since VZW holds the other 10mhz they got to keep when they bought most of Primeco, but had to divest Primeco in Illinois & Northern Indiana, which went to USCC in 2002. Just as a note, Verizon holds the 25mhz B side cellular license, which more than makes up for the small 10mhz PCS they hold.
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